Clooney Sells Cars
Star power is very, well, powerful. George Clooney bought the first Tango electric car after starring in Syriana. Commuter Cars, makers of the Tango, admit that this has a lot to do with why they’ve received 100 orders of the car to date. Three of those orders are going to Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin, who is also funding development of a lithium-ion battery pack for the cars.
The national exposure from Clooney, says the owner of Commuter Cars, was “very beneficial.” Also from the article:
Commuter Cars says it would need around $50 million to finish engineering work, obtain crucial Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard certification, and do the necessary tooling and preparation to begin mass-producing the car. That, it says, would enable it to lower the price of its base model to under $20,000.
Until it finds investors willing to put up that kind of money, though, it says it will continue building the cars by hand.